Around 900 families request diapers from CommUnity per month. At this time, we’re unable to guarantee that we’ll have diapers in stock when families visit. Why is that? If you’re a parent, you know — diapers are expensive!
We keep food on our shelves at CommUnity because we purchase bulk food at a deep discount, receive donations from organizations like Table to Table, and we’re able to make our dollars stretch — $1 buys 4 pounds of food!
Diapers are different. They don’t expire and they’re in high demand, so we pay the same for diapers as you do. Because of this, we rely purely on diaper drives and donations to supply diapers for our Food Bank families year-round.
That’s where you come in!
April is our month-long CommUnity Baby Shower. There are several ways you can help!
- Hold a diaper drive at work or school
- Bring us diapers that your children have outgrown (yes, diaper packages can be opened!)
- Set up a monthly Amazon or Target subscription delivery of diapers directly to CommUnity
- We’re in need of all sizes besides newborn, with size 4 being most in demand
Diapers can be dropped off at CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, 1121 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Did You Know?
- 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.
- Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
- No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
- Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
- Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
(Source: National Diaper Bank Network)